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Ar Skype a Chéile Clár Nua do TG4

Ar Skype a Cheile
Ar Skype a Chéile / STAR Translation Imaging

Here’s an interesting release that came into us today, so we’d like to let all our Irish translators and readers know about it.

TG4 presenters Áine Goggins and Tomaí Ó Conghaile take separate journeys around Ireland to see just how dependent we are on social media to make things happen. Each week they are given a task which they have to perform within 48 hours. Áine will harness the power of technology and social media to make new friends, create networks and entice people out to help her. Tomaí will not. He will do it the old-fashioned way: meeting people in pubs, clubs and parish halls, using phone boxes and post offices, and sticking the thumb out for a lift along the way. Neither person can simply rely on their mobiles to make calls.

Ar Skype a Chéile is a play on the words of an Irish proverb, Ar Scath a Chéile, which means that with support from each other, we survive. But can Áine really survive in the real world and organise a speed dating night for example without asking for help in the traditional way? Can she muster enough social media friends to come out and support her endeavours in local communities and can Tomaí really mobilise people and make things happen without the power of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc?

This is a fun based series with both individuals pitched against each other against the clock as they try to make an impact in local areas. The entertaining results will tell us a lot about where we are as a society and whether our love affair with the internet can make a difference practically.

In the first episode, Tomaí is given 48 hours to organise a traditional cross roads céilí in rural Kerry, while Áine has to get as many online friends as possible to come along to a traditional Irish dance flash mob in a Donegal supermarket.

The six part series produced by Tobar Productions will be broadcast on TG4 in the Autumn, and is supported by the Irish Language Television Production Fund.

Follow the hashtag #Ar Skype A Cheile on Twitter.

The STAR Team

Congratulations to Paul Casey on winning The Irish Open

Irish Golf Open commences, congratulations to Paul Casey

Irish Open Golf – 174 Players – 24 Nationalities

At STAR, we work hard but we also take time to relax and enjoy other professionals in action.

Stephen McCormack, a member of our sales team spent a weekend at Carton House watching some of the players in action. It’s amazing how many golfers were there from all around the world.

Interesting facts Stephen pointed out to us

This year the Irish open has 174 registered players from 24 locations around the globe. We’ve listed them all below. Certainly great stats for a quiz-master in years to come.

Thanks to Stephen for the great photos.

Country Number of Players
ENG 37
ESP 10
FRA 12
IRL 18
RSA 12
SCO 13
SWE 14
Grand Total 174
17th hole at the Irish Golf Open

17th Hole of the Carton House Golf Course

Web Awards 2012, Shortlisted

Web Awards 2012, shortlisted

Web Awards 2012, We’ve been Shortlisted

We are absolutely over the moon to tell you that our Irish language website has been shortlisted for the Web Awards 2012.

We have been nominated in the category “An Suíomh Gaeilge is Fearr”, sponsored by Gaelport.

This year we’ve been working really hard on our Irish. We’re in the process of producing and publishing our focail a day videos (still work to do!). We’ve also added Irish to our blog, check out the latest post on the Fada!.

STAR has a keen interest in the Irish language. We provide English to Irish translation services for county councils, public sector bodies and government departments.

Check out the Web Awards site.

The STAR Team

Txt as Gaeilge

Text as Gaelic

How do you say LOL in Irish?

For our Irish speakers and Irish enthusiasts out there, here are some novel translations showing how to send a text message in Irish.

We’re often asked for small translation like this. It’s amazing that there is another world to translation — what I call micro-translation.

Let us know of any other abbreviations you use so we can add them to our list.

The STAR Team

Blog Awards Ireland 2012, Nominated

Blog Awards Ireland 2012, nominated
We’re nominated / Blog Awards Ireland 2012

Blog Awards Ireland 2012, We’re Nominated

We’ve been nominated!

The nominations are up and we’ve become a blog awards nominee for 2012 for the Blog Awards 2012 and we’ve made the list. The awards celebrate the best Irish blogs in a variety of categories.

Our blog is up against a number of candidates in the SME sector, so thanks to all our readers and fingers crossed for the next stage.

Blogging can be great fun, but it’s also really hard work. Creating content and putting it together in a form that’s easy to read and interesting for users is a challenge that we love to do. We love language and we have been blogging for a few years now. As language people, we are always looking for the next big thing in communication.

Interestingly, this year, the Blog Awards Ireland 2012 features a Best Blog in an Irish Language category for the first time. As Irish speakers, we have a keen interest in this area and it looks like there are some great sites out there written in Irish every day. What’s interesting is that they also cover serious topics of the day as well as social media trends.

Irish is certainly becoming cooler on the social media side. We’ve certainly noticed that over the last two years more people have been speaking Irish. Steady growth and having Irish softly integrated into our society is good for the language and its culture.

Best of luck to all the nominees and we look forward to the big awards night.

The STAR Team

Smartphones change Irish way of Life


Smartphones change Irish way of life, finds survey

A recent survey reveals that smartphones are having a real impact on the Irish way of life.

The use of basic mobile phones have already changed Irish daily behaviour and, as a result, their convenience and mobility enables all of us to use them virtually anywhere we go.

Some figures show that:

  • 49% of the Irish population owns a smartphone
  • An increase of 71% by the end of 2012
  • 95% of the users use their smartphone at home whereas 26% use it at school
  • 25% are not addicted to smartphones since 75% can’t leave the house without it
  • 67% think that smartphones are good to pass the time away while waiting. I may be part of the 33% that prefer Sudoku or magazines for they are much cheaper
  • 50% think smartphones make them more modern looking and feel that they should have Internet access on their phone. Does it mean that the remaining 50% should consider themselves out-dated?
  • 77% use their smartphone to take photographs. Are professional photographers becoming an endangered species right now?

Irish smartphone users are multitasking: indeed, they use it while listening to music, watching TV or browsing on the Internet.

They mainly use it to communicate (83%), to stay informed (61%) or for entertainment (89%) purposes.

Obviously networking is one of the most popular activities since 86% of users update and visit their social networks on their phone.

Regarding apps, people have about 29 of them installed on their smartphones with about 9 paid apps installed. 43% will use more apps in the future.

Are you using any Irish apps on your mobile devices?

The STAR Team

View the full statistics on Irish mobile use.

Eason Spelling Bee improves your spelling!

A great competition we came across this week is being run by Eason. Eason is challenging schools in every county across Ireland to have fun and improve their spelling in a competition to find the Eason Spelling Bee champion schools.

In each county, a county Spelling Bee will offer to all schools the chance to enter and compete. The best speller from each county will go to the provincial finals. Finally, the four provincial winners will then compete for the Eason All-Ireland Spelling Bee title on Tubridy on 2FM on the 22nd of June in RTÉ studios.

The first prize constitutes a book library to the value of  €7,500 and every entrant wins a book!

All the county Bee winners who will be taking part in the provincial finals are listed as follows:


  • Kerry: Tommy O’Neill, Scoil Iosagain, Ballybunion
  • Limerick: Fiona Gleeson, St. Paul’s National School, Dooradoyle
  • Cork: John Corkery, Ovens National School, Ovens
  • Waterford: Roisin Daly, Liosmor Mochuda N.S., Lismore
  • Tipperary: Rory Delaney, Sacred Hearts, Air Hill, Roscrea
  • Clare: Emily Meehan, St John’s Primary School, Shannon


  • Galway: Ethan Roche, Newtown National School
  • Mayo: John Ryan, St. Brendan’s National School
  • Sligo: James Devaney, St. Patrick’s National School, Calry
  • Roscommon: Shauna Mullen, St. Mary’s Primary School, Strokestown
  • Leitrim: James Clancy, Ardvarney National School, Dromahair


  • Fermanagh: Cal Blake, Holy Trinity Primary School
  • Cavan: Adam Kelly, Killygarry N. S.
  • Monaghan: Alison McBride, Gaelscoil Ultain
  • Armagh: Elise Smyth, St. Mary’s Primary School, Derrytrasna
  • Donegal: Thomas Cavanagh, Saint Patrick’s BNS
  • Down: Àine Smyth, Holy Family Primary School
  • Antrim: Lea Carson, Pond Park Primary School (Host School)
  • Tyrone: Amy Clements, McClintock Primary School
  • Derry: Terence McLaughlin, Holy Family P.S.


  • Longford: Ciarán, St. Matthews National School, Ballymahon
  • Wicklow: Rebecca White, St. Kevin’s National School, Greystones
  • Dublin: Edward Collins, St. Mary’s National School, Donnybrook
  • Westmeath: Bronwyn Smith, Scoil Etchen Naofa
  • Laois: Ciara Phelan, Scoile Bhride
  • Carlow: Raena McElwee, Scoil Naomh Peaders, Ballon
  • Meath: Diarmuid MacMurchada, Rathbeggan
  • Kildare: Ciarán Reilly, Scoil Diarmada N.S., Castledermot
  • Wexford: Conn McIntyre, Barntown N.S. (Host School)
  • Offaly: Gillian Razon, Durrow N.S.
  • Louth: Clarice O’Brien, St. Buites N.S., Tenuer, Dunleer
  • Kilkenny: Liam O Lionaird, Gaelscoil Osrai

Good luck to all of them! Have fun and do the best you can!

We also have an online Spelling Rules Game should you wish to test your English language spelling. The Spelling Rules Game is an app that teaches spelling rules in a dyslexia-friendly way.

The STAR Team
Updated: 11th May 2015

Olympic Flame in Dublin – a moment to shine

Olympic flame in Dublin with Natalya Coyle and Damian Scattergood
The 2012 Olympic Flame in Dublin

Olympic flame comes to Dublin

Today, 6th of June, the Olympic flame crossed Dublin from Croke Park to  Saint Stephen’s Green. We decided to go and take some pictures of our famous Irish athletes.

About 40 bearers carried the torch this morning. How lucky we were to catch up with Bernard Brogan on Samuel Beckett bridge. We thought we might have missed Jedward and fortunately they were just on the bus behind Bernard Brogan waving their hands to the pupils screaming at them.

This gave us some idea of the atmosphere and more that Londoners will see when the flame visits them.

As we are brave, the crowd did not prevent us from joining the end of the Tour at Nassau Street near Merrion Square. What do you think of the picture we took with Natalya Coyle?

Just so you know, the 70-day relay began at Land’s End, Cornwall, on 19th May and will arrive at the Olympic opening ceremony in London on 27th July.

We will upload more photos very soon! Or you can see the entire album on our Facebook page.

The STAR Team

Sockies at the Mansion House

Sockies 2012

If you were tweeting around Dublin last night, you would have seen the Sockies hashtag trending.

This is the hashtag for the Social Media Awards 2012. As finalists, we attended the grand ceremony last night at the Mansion House. We were up against OMG Jedward’s Dream Factory on TRTÉ, @Lokofotodotcom, Saint Patrick’s Day and Captain Morgan — Dare the Captain! for the Best PR Campaign.

As you can imagine, the competition was tough. We lost against Jedward. It is not really losing, is it? No matter what the result, we were really delighted to hear “And the nominees are: STAR Translation and Jedward!”

You could just about hear our name amongst the cheers for the nominees as they came up on the big screen.

This is our first time being a finalist in such an event. We enjoyed every moment of it. Plus we got to chat with the other nominees.

It was great to meet our competitors, customers and partners. We also met blogger Amanda from; the event organizer, Damien Mulley and the famous Rick O’Shea and many other hosts.

Looking forward to next year already.

See the photos of the event on our Facebook Page.

The STAR Team

Social Media Awards 2012, Nominated

Social Media Awards 2012 nominated
Social Media Awards 2012, Nomination /Sockies

We have been recently nominated for the Bord Gáis Social Media Awards 2012.

100 judges took part in the shortlist process. The final list will be revealed next week but we are already very pleased to announce our nomination for this national event. We have been nominated in 4 categories:

The winners will be announced at the finale ceremony which will takes place at the Mansion House in Dublin on 17th of May 2012.

Taking part in this special event and being nominated means a lot to STAR. It is the chance to be recognized for our hard work. For those who are following us, you might have noticed that we are indeed very active through our blog, Facebook page, Twitter account and even our YouTube channel to provide our customers and partners with the best tips regarding translation, languages and Irish.

STAR was formed in 2002, since then we do our best to help our customers grow their business. This is why this year STAR has focused so much on social media. We want to inform our customer that we are always here and ready to help their business to grow worldwide.

We already know that the competition will be tough since we are up against Jedward in one of them for instance. View all the nominations and find the latest information on Social Media Awards.

The STAR Team